Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post.
Here are the key moments from This Week at State:
Secretary Pompeo Meets with UN Secretary General Guterres, Speaks with Global Leaders
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosted United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a meeting at the Department of State on June 23.
Secretary and Deputy Secretary Participate in World Gas Conference
On June 25 and 26, Secretary Pompeo and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan participated in the World Gas Conference, held in Washington, D.C.
Deputy Secretary Sullivan delivered remarks to the conference on June 25. Secretary Pompeo hosted a reception for the World Gas Conference at the Department of State on June 26.
Universal access to affordable and reliable energy strengthens the energy security of the U.S., our allies, and our partners. We will remove barriers to energy development and trade, and promote exports of U.S. energy resources, technologies, and services. #WGC2018 pic.twitter.com/D6f3ZZ6MBS— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 27, 2018
Secretary Pompeo Discusses Global Issues with World Leaders
Secretary Pompeo held meetings with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide at the State Department on June 26.
On June 27, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters.
On June 28, Secretary Pompeo met with the Ambassador of Israel to the United States Ron Dermer, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih, and the President-elect of Colombia, Ivan Duque Marquez, in separate meetings at the State Department. The Secretary also spoke by phone with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea
Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Europe and North Africa
Deputy Secretary Sullivan traveled to Netherlands, Denmark, Algeria, and Morocco, from June 25 to 29, to discuss a range of U.S. priorities, including joint efforts to maintain an enduring defeat of ISIS and promote cooperation on regional and global security challenges.
In The Hague, the Deputy Secretary gave remarks and led the U.S. delegation to a special session of the Conference of the States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to address the ongoing use of chemical weapons worldwide and to reinforce the global norm against such use.
In Denmark, the Deputy Secretary led the U.S. delegation to the Ukraine Reform Conference, where he also met separately with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. In Copenhagen, Deputy Secretary Sullivan also met with Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen.
In Algeria, Deputy Secretary Sullivan met with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, and participated in the fifth annual bilateral dialogue between the United States and Algeria on security and the fight against terrorism.
State Department Releases Statements on Global Issues
On June 25, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert released statements on the recent Houthi missile launch directed at Riyadh, support for Canada and European Union sanctions regarding Burma, and violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region.
On June 26, Spokesperson Nauert released a statement calling for the release of political prisoners in Cuba.
On June 27, Spokesperson Nauert released statements on Holocaust crime legislation in Poland and Saudi Arabia's call for ceasefire extension in Afghanistan.
On June 28, Spokesperson Nauert released a statement on the invalidation of mayoral elections in Moldova.
U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance to the People of Venezuela
On June 26, in Brazil, Vice President Mike Pence announced nearly $10 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there. The U.S. assistance will help provide emergency food assistance, safe drinking water, hygiene supplies, shelter, protection from violence and exploitation, and work and education opportunities, in coordination with other humanitarian organizations and government partners.
Freedom and democracy will prevail in Venezuela. Libertad will be restored. pic.twitter.com/lDa5HR9TGm— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) June 27, 2018
Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk led an interagency delegation to Rabat, Morocco for a political directors’ level meeting on June 26, with key members of the Defeat ISIS Coalition.
Extraordinary @coaliton meeting in #Morocco focused on finishing the job in #Iraq & #Syria and combatting #ISIS networks in #Africa. Nearly $90M in contributions for #Raqqa stabilization. Two new members (now 77 total). United in common purpose. Readout: https://t.co/pzgPXlJgzA— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) June 27, 2018
State Department Recognizes World Drug Day
On June 26, the State Department marked World Drug Day by joining the international community in raising awareness of the challenges posed by drugs and drug trafficking and highlighting programs to address the opioid crisis.
State Department Discusses Next Steps and Recent Protests in Iran
On June 26, a senior State Department official held a background call with journalists to discuss next steps with Iran, including efforts to garner international support.
In a statement on June 27, Secretary Pompeo commented on recent protests in Iran and condemned the Iranian government for its “futile tactics of suppression, imprisonment of protestors, and the denial of Iranians’ frustrations.”
#Iran’s corrupt regime is wasting the country’s resources on Assad, Hizbollah, Hamas & Houthis, while Iranians struggle. It should surprise no one #IranProtests continue. People are tired of the corruption, injustice & incompetence of their leaders. The world hears their voice. pic.twitter.com/1iw9JAXKC0— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 27, 2018
Secretary Pompeo Testifies Before Senate on State Department Budget
Secretary Pompeo testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on June 27, regarding the Department’s FY2019 Budget.
Today I had an opportunity to discuss @StateDept and @USAID budget with the Senate Appropriations Committee. It reflects @POTUS' national security objectives & our obligation to use taxpayer dollars wisely and effectively. I ask for the Committee's support. pic.twitter.com/qDr3U0Y35Q— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 27, 2018
State Department Recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty
On June 28, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks at the NPT Depositary Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Opening for Signature of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, at the Department of State. The Secretary also joined the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom and Russia in a joint statement.
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty we must renew our efforts to reduce the dangers posed by nuclear proliferation, including confronting immediate challenges from #DPRK and #Iran. pic.twitter.com/GTBdyBkEsY— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 28, 2018
Unveiling the 18th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report and Honoring 10 ‘TIP Heroes’
On June 28, Secretary Pompeo, joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, assessing government efforts around the world to end human trafficking.
.@SecPompeo: This year’s TIP Report highlights the critical work of local communities to stop traffickers and provide support to victims. Human trafficking is a global problem, but it’s a local one too. Local communities are an essential part of the solution. pic.twitter.com/ut5YcjWu02— Department of State (@StateDept) June 28, 2018
The Secretary and Mrs. Trump also honored ten TIP Report Heroes -- individuals from around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking.
.@SecPompeo and @IvankaTrump honor this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes -- ten outstanding individuals from around the world who are fighting to end human trafficking. #EndTrafficking pic.twitter.com/MAzNN6D2C5— Department of State (@StateDept) June 28, 2018
United States Issues Joint Statement on South Sudan Peace Talks
The United States joined the Governments of the United Kingdom and Norway to issue a joint statement on South Sudan peace talks on June 29.
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.